Ford executives say they have more than 10,000 orders for the E-Transit van, and E-Transit Brand Manager Drew Walker says he expects demand to surge.
“We’re really at this inflection point where everybody’s talking about it and interested,” Walker said. “They’re trying to understand, especially in the commercial space, how could I deploy electric vehicles in my business?”
Ford announced plans to manufacture the E-Transit in 2020. The company invested $100 million in the Claycomo facility and expected the expansion to create 150 new jobs in the region.
Walker says Ford has an advantage over the competition because the E-Transit uses many of the same parts as the company’s internal-combustion Transit van, which has long outsold all other commercial vans in the U.S.
“We’re really leveraging our scale, our ability to get to market quickly, as well as support the vehicle, once it’s in market,” Walker said.
For years, Missouri talent has driven automotive manufacturing into the future with significant investment from Ford and GM.